Mr. Mark Brondyke

Education Background:

I earned a BS from Calvin College and have taken graduate classes at GVSU.

Teaching Experience:

I started teaching at GHCS in 1988.

Personal Biography:

I was born in Muskegon, Michigan. I grew up in Grand Haven and Nunica and attended GHC and WMCHS.  I met my wife (Ena) during my Junior year at Calvin and we were married in 1981. We continue to live in Nunica where we raised our 3 children.   Our oldest daughter, Teresa, is married and lives in Bellflower, CA.  She teaches Freshman science at Valley Christian School.  Our son, Calvin, graduated from Calvin College and works at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.  Our youngest daughter, Samantha is presently attending Calvin College as a Graphic Arts Major. My hobbies include:  Airplanes, traveling, baseball/softball and being outside.

Integration of Faith in the Classroom:

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  Genesis 1:31

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”   Psalm 19:1

These two verses summarize what we want to learn in Science.  I believe that God created the world and everything in it.  When we are studying science we are looking for the fingerprint of God.  The more we learn in science the greater my faith becomes.  I see God as a God of infinite creative power.  It is amazing how God created the smallest detail in a cell and yet also controls the great power in a hurricane.  The weather patterns follow predicable patterns as they we set up by God.  Each person is unique and yet our bodies have the same organs arranged in the same order.  The “laws of nature” are the same today as they were when Newton and Galileo studied them.  The stars still form the constellations mentioned in the book of Job.

As we begin new units in science we look to see how the topic/word is used in the Bible.  The word “rock” is used 180 times in the Bible, once we start looking at the beauty and variation in our rocks we can see God’s creativity in something as mundane as rock. We also look at how often “weather” influenced events in the Bible or how Newton’s 3 Laws can be applied to events. Sometimes we see the miraculous power of God as He is able to defy these “laws of science” to carry out his purposes. 

Fun Fact:

Two years ago I moved back into the house my parents lived in. We have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens.